Upside Down Plum Passionfruit Cake

Upside Down Plum Passionfruit Cake

Upside down plum passionfruit cake is a newish take on what is known as a retro cake that is now being seen as a good dish to make again. Upside down cake is one of those oft not made cakes, and when it is there is usually pineapple involved. There’s a secret ingredient in this cake…passionfruit. The gloriously underrated passionfruit comes to play with plums in something I’ve not seen often in recipes.

Whilst it is the middle of summer and currently where I am, New York has a heat advisory, but having a slice of this cake with a dollop of yogurt or cream is kinda the perfect way to start the day. The flavors burst and mellow with each bite of this and it could become a cake that gets made and remade with each new season of seasonal fruit onhand – somehow the plums are perfect for right now though.

Plum Passionfruit Cake

Plum Cake recipe

Growing up with a German mother meant that yeasted (I don’t think that’s a word, but I’m rolling with it) plum cake was made every summer and we didn’t often eat it any other way in baking. It felt a little weird, in fact, to make this cake which feels so different from how I know this fruit.

I’m not sure how she gathered the energy to bake in the middle of summer, but fruit doesn’t wait around, in fact, the surplus that always comes from food in the summer is basically asking to be turned into anything and everything and so here we are with an upside down cake. What is your go to use for summer produce?

How to prepare Upside Down Plum Passionfruit Cake

  • Make that syrup: The passionfruit syrup is simmered and created.
  • Pour it: Pour the syrup into the base of your cake tin.
  • Lay em out: Lay the sliced plums on top of the syrup in the base of your cake tin.
  • Whip it: Beat the butter and sugar until combined.
  • Yogurt: Add the eggs and beat and then the Greek yogurt.
  • Dry ingredients: Add the dry ingredients to the cake batter.
  • Batter up: Combine to form your cake batter and spoon on top of the plums, smoothing the top out.
  • Bake: Bake until a skewer comes up clean and the cake is golden on top.
  • Invert: Invert the cake onto a plate and set aside to cool fully.
  • Serve: Slice and serve with a little whipped cream or spoonful of yogurt.

Tips for the best Upside Down Plum Passionfruit Cake

With a springform cake: If using a springform cake tin, lay aluminum foil underneath as the syrup and plum create quite a sauce which will drip whilst baking.

Passionfruit sub: The passionfruit adds a beautiful flavor and helps the syrup form, however, a great sub would be 2 tablespoons of orange juice.

More fruity cakes you’ll enjoy

Raspberry Custard Cheesecake

Cherry Ripe Cake

White Chocolate Blackberry Bundt Cake

upside down plum cake

Upside Down Plum Passionfruit Cake
Recipe by Roamingtaste
Serves 10

Ingredients:
Syrup
80 milliliters / 1/3 cup water
4 tablespoons superfine/caster sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 passionfruit pulp
Cake
60 grams / 2.1 ounces butter, room temperature
125 grams / 2/3 cup superfine/caster sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch salt
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
50 grams / 1/2 cup almond flour
105 grams / 3/4 cup plain flour
40 grams / 1/4 cup polenta
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 plums, sliced into 1/8 slices and pit removed

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F and greaseproof your cake tin.

To make the syrup, place the water, sugar and ground cardamom into a saucepan on medium heat, until the sugar has dissolved, and the syrup has simmered for approximately 3 minutes.

Add the passionfruit pulp and allow to simmer for a further 3 minutes until slightly thickened.

IMG 8675(pp w768 h494)Pour the syrup into your cake tin and smooth out evenly across the base of your tin.

Lay the sliced plums down into the syrup around the entire base of your cake tin. Set aside.

Meanwhile, place the butter and sugar into a bowl and beat until combined, approximately 2 minutes with a hand beater.

Add the eggs and vanilla extract and whip until well combined and fluffy, a further 2 minutes with a hand beater.

Add the salt and Greek yogurt and fold until well combined and smooth.

Add the almond flour, polenta, plain flour, baking soda and baking powder to the wet ingredients and fold through until the batter is smooth.

IMG 8676(pp w768 h512)Pour the cake batter on top of the plums and spread out evenly, tapping the base of the cake tin to ensure bubbles have been removed from the batter.

IMG 8677(pp w768 h512)Place in the oven and bake for 50 minutes or until golden brown on top and a skewer comes out clean in the center.

Remove and allow to cool for 5 minutes before inverting onto a plate.

Allow to cool.

Slice and serve with a spoonful of whipped cream or Greek yogurt.

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  • Author: Sylvie Taylor
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 10
  • Category: Cakes

Description

Punchy passionfruit works beautifully with finely sliced plums to make this upside down cake a modern version of an old classic.


Ingredients

Syrup
80 milliliters / 1/3 cup water
4 tablespoons superfine/caster sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 passionfruit pulp
Cake
60 grams / 2.1 ounces butter, room temperature
125 grams / 2/3 cup superfine/caster sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch salt
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
50 grams / 1/2 cup almond flour
105 grams / 3/4 cup plain flour
40 grams / 1/4 cup polenta
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 plums, sliced into 1/8 slices and pit removed


Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F and greaseproof your cake tin.
  • To make the syrup, place the water, sugar and ground cardamom into a saucepan on medium heat, until the sugar has dissolved, and the syrup has simmered for approximately 3 minutes.
  • Add the passionfruit pulp and allow to simmer for a further 3 minutes until slightly thickened.
  • Pour the syrup into your cake tin and smooth out evenly across the base of your tin.
  • Lay the sliced plums down into the syrup around the entire base of your cake tin. Set aside.
  • Meanwhile, place the butter and sugar into a bowl and beat until combined, approximately 2 minutes with a hand beater.
  • Add the eggs and vanilla extract and whip until well combined and fluffy, a further 2 minutes with a hand beater.
  • Add the salt and Greek yogurt and fold until well combined and smooth.
  • Add the almond flour, polenta, plain flour, baking soda and baking powder to the wet ingredients and fold through until the batter is smooth.
  • Pour the cake batter on top of the plums and spread out evenly, tapping the base of the cake tin to ensure bubbles have been removed from the batter.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 50 minutes or until golden brown on top and a skewer comes out clean in the center.
  • Remove and allow to cool for 5 minutes before inverting onto a plate.
  • Allow to cool.
  • Slice and serve with a spoonful of whipped cream or Greek yogurt.

Notes

With a springform cake: If using a springform cake tin, lay aluminum foil underneath as the syrup and plum create quite a sauce which will drip whilst baking.

Passionfruit sub: The passionfruit adds a beautiful flavor and helps the syrup form, however, a great sub would be 2 tablespoons of orange juice.

Recipe by Roamingtaste


Nutrition

  • Calories: 210 calories per serve
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